The party in the last analysis is always right

Comrades, none of us wishes or is able to be right against his party. The party in the last analysis is always right, because the party is the sole historical instrument given to the proletariat for the solution of its basic problems . . . I know that one cannot be right against the party. It is only possible to be right with the party and through the party, for history has not created other ways for the realisation of what is right.

Trotsky, 1924, 13th Party Congress

Stalin gained control of the party and used these words against him. Once the State is absolute, power is all that is left. So political power would come from the barrel of a gun (Mao) and ‘To make omlettes you need to break a few eggs” (Lenin) referring to his terror tactics.

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